Nursing care requires nurses to work intimately and closely with the bodies of others
This article explores the concept of leadership in health and social care
Leadership means how we advocate for nursing, act and treat others, says Barry Quinn
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Improving clinicians' understanding of oral complications in cancer care through international collaboration.
The skills that draw us to the profession are a good foundation, says Macmillan’s Barry Quinn
This article presents some of the main findings from a study using an interpretative phenomenological approach to explore searching for meaning in the lives of 15 people who had experience of cancer. The findings offer an understanding of this searching activity and what it can teach us about the personal story of pain and suffering. For the participants in this study this sense-making process moved beyond reflection to one that engaged the whole person. It was a search that led each person living with the often hidden reality of pain and personal suffering to question aspects of their taken for granted world. While participants spoke of the pain of the disease and treatment, they also shared personal stories of the hidden losses and separation they faced and the loneliness of illness that others were unable to understand or comprehend. The experience of pain and loss did not occur in isolation but was influenced by many other life issues. Having illuminated the sometimes overlooked personal experience of pain, the findings offer some insights into better understanding and responding to the personal story of illness.
Nurses in England continue to be guided by the 6Cs
This article encourages nurses to explore the concept of leadership in the constantly changing field of health and social care. All nurses have an important role in leadership, and they should consider what type of leader they want to be and what leadership skills they might wish to develop. This article examines what leadership might involve, exploring various leadership styles and characteristics and how these could be applied in nurses’ practice. A core component of nursing and nursing leadership is the ability to provide compassionate care. This could correspond with the idea of servant leadership, an approach that moves the leader from a position of power to serving the team and supporting individuals to develop their potential.
Leadership can be an art; finding the balance of the ability to lead and devlivering compassionate nursing care is one nurse leaders strive for.
The Managing Advanced Cancer Pain Together (MACPT) group is a team of European experts in pain management who recognise that, despite the great advances in cancer treatment and care, many people living with advanced cancer still receive suboptimal pain management, leading to distress and suffering. The MACPT group takes a person-centred approach to understanding and addressing all aspects of people’s pain, and believes that pain management can be improved. Building on international guidance and expert opinion, the group, working with patients with advanced cancer, has developed clinical based and easy to use MACPT guidance to support those working in the field. The guidance includes the newly developed MACPT conversation tool, to help people with cancer, and those caring for them, to talk about the hidden aspects of pain. The guidance and tool are available in English, French and German, and will be translated into other languages. This article discusses management of cancer pain and describes how to use the conversation tool.
Ward managers should be excluded from staff numbers so they are free to take on supervisory roles.